Taster Day

Each year in March/April we offer a KS5 Maths Taster Day.  Currently this is available for school groups accompanied by their teachers.

Spend a day with us at the University of Leeds experiencing a range of mathematical activities with an optional tour of the campus and talk about studying mathematics at university. The day culminates with the W. P. Milne lecture in celebration of a former Professor of Mathematics who joined the University in 1919.

Join us this year on Wednesday 1 April 2020.

KEY STAGE 5 MATHS DAY

Choose one of the 3 options below and then attend our W. P. Milne Sixth Form lecture. You will be asked to rank the options in order of preference and where possible you will be given your preferred session. For options A and B, if you would also like a campus tour in the break before the lecture please let us know. The day is suitable for maths A Level students. Students should bring packed lunches.

OPTION A - UNTANGLING KNOT THEORY

It’s not only mountaineers, scouts, and sailors who study knots, but also mathematicians. In fact, knot theory has turned out to be an extraordinarily deep subject – the fundamental question of determining whether two knots are the same turns out to be surprisingly difficult. This subject also has numerous and diverse applications, from the knotting of our own DNA to quantum physics. In this session we will meet several mathematical techniques for analysing and classifying different knots.
Wednesday 1 April 11:00 – 13:00

OPTION B - HIDDEN SYMMETRIES OF NATURE

Symmetry is all around us. Just think of the left-right symmetry of your body or the hexagons of a honeycomb. Buildings, paintings and music can also be symmetric. But symmetry isn’t just something that’s pretty. It’s a powerful tool that can be used to understand nature from planets to particles.
Wednesday 1 April 11:00 – 13:00

OPTION C - HANDS-ON MATHEMATICS, TALK AND TOUR

Activities include creating chaos and exploring the maths of soap bubbles in a ‘hands-on mathematics’ session, a campus tour, and a talk about studying mathematics at Leeds.
Wednesday 1 April 11:00 – 14:20

followed by:

THE 2020 W. P. MILNE LECTURE

We are excited to welcome Dr James Cranch from the University of Sheffield to deliver the W. P. Milne lecture in the centenary year of the Yorkshire Branch of the Mathematical Association.

HOW OFTEN DO CURVES MEET?

If you take an equation involving variables x and y, you can draw a graph of its solutions: they form a plane curve. If you have two such equations, you have two curves, and you can ask how many times they intersect each other.

I’ll explain why counting these intersections is useful for a range of things: from understanding Pythagoras’s equation a² + b² = c², to annoying people on the internet, to the cutting edge of mathematics.

I’ll show a very simple formula, which happens to be wrong, and explain why it’s a good idea to ignore the fact that it’s wrong.

Wednesday 1 April  14:30 – 15:30

The W. P. Milne lecture is held in collaboration with the Yorkshire Branch of the Mathematical Association and can be booked independently of the options above.

How to book

Bookings now open – please apply via this online booking form.

Deadline for applications: 31 January 2020.

For more information please contact Ruth Holland.